This WWII Veteran Celebrating His 100th Birthday By Jumping Out Of A Plane Is As American As It Gets

WWII Veteran Tom Rice

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  • Tom Rice may have turned 100, but he is not showing signs of slowing down.
  • The WWII chose to go skydiving for his birthday and wants to go bigger next year.
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World War II veteran Tom Rice celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday by going full-send. The San Diego-native, along with U.S. Navy parachute team the ‘Leap Frogs’ jumped out of a plane to commemorate hitting the century mark.

Yes, you read that right.

Rice is no stranger to leaping from planes. His heroism goes back to 1944 when he, at 22 years old, parachuted onto the beach in Normandy on D-Day.

This time around, instead of gunfire, Rice was met by a huge crowd cheering for him on the beach. They met him with rousing renditions of “Happy Birthday” and “God Bless America” as he floated to the landing area, lined with American flags.

It was just before noon when Rice landed on the beach, with the iconic Hotel Del Coronado in the background. After coming to a safe landing, Rice thanked the crowd and paraded around in an ATV with local lifeguards.

Even at 100 years old, Rice is full of energy and moves like a sprightly young man. He even trains at a Crossfit gym a few times a week.

When asked about the secret to his long, healthy life, Rice said to “keep moving!”

As for his 101st birthday, Rice plans to go even bigger. He jumped from 7,500 feet on Sunday and wants to jump from 13,000 feet next year.

“It’s [an excitement that is] not going to leave me for probably the next three or four months,” Rice said. Legend.